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Seasonal workshops to bring famers advice for the spring

Farmers can obtain some useful insights on how to prepare for upcoming seasons at the Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) seasonal conditions workshops being held next month.

The free, half-day events will provide farmers with the opportunity to hear up-to-date information on a range of seasonal topics, relevant to the local region.

Hunter based agricultural consultant Neil Nelson will discuss pastures, grazing management, summer forage and fertiliser use for the local area, and Ben Thomas, Market Analyst, Meat and Livestock Australia, will provide market insights.

LLS Livesotck Officer Liz O'Grady will demonstrate how to navigate the Bureau of Meteorology's website and discuss climate outlooks.

Upper Hunter LLS district veterinarian Lyndell Stone will discuss livestock health issues associated with the changing of the seasons, with a particular focus on summer diseases, such as Three Day Sickness and Theileria, and the parasitic Buffalo fly.

Mooral Creek grazier Nick Vale, who attended a recent LLS seasonal conditions workshop in Wingham, found the seasonal advice useful, especially on the topic of animal health.

'With the changing seasons I think it's very important to keep up-to-date with what's going on,' said Mr Vale.

'The district veterinarian's presentation is particularly useful because animal health issues are changing with climatic conditions.'

'New diseases are starting to appear. What used to be the norm is no longer the norm,' explained Mr Vale, referring to diseases like Theileriosis (or East Coast fever), which arrived in the area about 10 years ago.

The seasonal conditions workshops will be held at:

  • Wednesday 5 November at Merriwa CWA Rooms from 2pm - 5pm. 
  • Thursday 6 November at Singleton Shire Council from 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Information on seasonal conditions also can be found in the online version of Regional Outlook or as a print version from each LLS office. 

Register online or call the Muswellbrook Office on (02) 6542 4444. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Jillian Ayre (Mon, Tues, Wed) or Maree Whelan (Thurs – Fri) on (02) 4938 4932